Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Devil of a Time!

By: MF,

It's December already!? The month of November has been a good one for the Penguins, as they tied a franchise record of 10 wins for the month, which was also accomplished during the 1992 and 2010 seasons. In addition, the Penguins lead for 80.8% of minutes for November. Whereas Sidney Crosby notched 18 points in November, which was the most in the National Hockey League (NHL) during that span. Also, Crosby leads the league with 16 assist in the same month. Both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were tallying up numbers, which are Art Ross material numbers.

They will look to continue their good fortune, starting off by taking on the New Jersey Devils at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins have a record of 9-2 against the Devils at Consol. The Penguins should be able to showcase their talents and start of December with a win.

As for other milestones, Christian Ehrhoff scored his first goal in a Penguin uniform, on Saturday, against the Carolina Hurricanes. While Adams appeared in his 311 consecutive game against the Hurricanes. Furthermore, Chris Kunitz has recorded 299 points in 367 career games with the Penguins.

On another note, the Penguins held a morning skate today and the only absent players were Sidney Crosby and Robert Bortuzzo along with the injured players (Marcel Goc, Pascaul Dupuis, Beau Bennett, and Kris Letang). Aside from that, the Penguins have called up Brian Dumoulin and Scott Wilson from Wilkes-Barre Scranton Baby Penguins.

Now on the injury front, Pascal Dupuis did skate before the team's morning skate along with, Marcel Goc and the strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. There are no other updates on the injured players. The Penguins did avoid a scary situation, as Paul Martin took a puck to face. The puck hit his upper left eye and required a few stitches, but he is no worse for wear.

The Penguins are not just moving forward as a team, but individuals are obtaining career high numbers. The hard work is paying off and the numbers show that. Even with the injuries, the team is looking ahead and not back.

Breaking News: Scott Wilson will make his NHL debut as Kunitz is out of the lineup.

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Spaling, Sid, Hornqvist
Megna, Geno, Comeau
Wilson, Sutter, Downie
Sill, Ebbett, Adams

Martin, Bortuzzo
Maatta, Ehrhoff
Scuderi, Despres

Flower in the net!

Play By Play
PENS 1 New Jersey Devils 0

3rd Period

1:07- The Devils have an empty net.

2:25- Mark that as another successful PK for the Pens!

4:25- Malkin is involved in a scrum after the whistle. He ends up with a roughing minor and a 10 minute misconduct. Devils get a PP opportunity.

4:59- The Devils get a 2 on 1 against Maatta. Maatta goes to one side and Ehrhoff knocks the puck out of the air to disrupt the Devils' pass attempt.

5:34- Fleury makes another solid pad save. He has been good in the net and is seeing everything.

7:15- Since Malkin's goal, the Devils have stepped up their game and have been pressuring the Pens more.

7:23- Scott Wilson is out with an injury. I am not sure the nature of the injury.

10:39- Malkin gets in the middle of a scrum and Maatta comes in to take Bernier away, dragging him down. Malkin and Maatta with roughing penalties. Two Devils in the box are also in the box.

14:34- The Pens goal has brought some life to this game!

17:28- MALKIN SCORES! Megna finds Comeau and he passes to Malkin, who is driving the net! Malkin rips one past Schneider! 1-0 Pens!

18:23- Bortuzzo has found another victim as he levels Ruutu with a hit.

19:55- Jagr is not on the bench for the Devils to start this period.

20:00- Only 20 minutes left of hockey in regulation! The Pens need to break down the defenses of Schneider! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00- Second period horn sounds and we are still scoreless.

0:20- Crosby and Hornqvist crash the net, but Schneider holds strong once again.

2:03- Bortuzzo lays another hard hit on Jagr, who stays down on the ice. A trainer attends him. Jagr skates off to the locker room.

2:27- The Pens crash the net, but Schneider holds strong.

4:41- Bortuzzo and Jagr exchange words after the play. That won't be the end for those two.

5:52- Megna comes flying down the wing and flings a shot on net. Schneider with the pad save.

6:10- The defense for the Pens is playing a smart game and making sure Fleury can see the puck. Maatta is playing another great game.

9:28- Fleury has been solid in the net and had to make a couple of tough saves.

12:25- Megna powers his way around a Devil defender, but Schneider puts out the pad for the save. Great stick work by Megna.

14:14- Ehrhoff is set free and now the Devils have a regular PP for 1:58.

14:16- Bortuzzo is sent to the sin bin for holding. 5 on 3 PP for the Devils for 2 seconds.

14:46- Sutter gets a breakaway chance, but Schneider shuts the door on his attempt.

16:14- Now it's the Devils turn for their second PP of the game as Ehrhoff sits for interference.

16:52- The Pens PP is killed by the Devils again. Malkin is hunting for a goal and was right on the doorstep, but was denied.

18:52- As a result of the previous play, Jagr is called for hooking and the Pens get their second PP of the night.

19:01- Crosby and Hornqvist get a 2 on 1 chance. Crosby makes the pass and Hornqivst rings one off the goal post!

20:00- Second period is underway! Put pucks on net and pressure Pens! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00- That is it for the first period and things are scoreless. Pens lead shots 6-5 over the Devils.

0:44- Fleury poke checks Brunner, but it goes under his pad. Fleury makes a snow angle and Sutter finds the loose puck to clear it.

2:44- The teams have a seven combined shots through the first period...yes only seven.

5:39- Dang that was close! Megna gets the loose puck in front of the net, but just can't jam it home. It did go behind the goalie, but was cleared by a defensemen.

7:58- What a kill for the Pens! Sutter and Sill forced the Devils back at the end of that PK...great job.

9:58- Now it's time for the Devils to bring out their PP unit as Malkin is called for hooking.

11:03- Bortuzzo has been laying hard hits on Jagr, every time he enters the Pens' zone.

12:58- Malkin is freed up ice with the puck and roars into the offensive zone, but Zidlicky breaks up the play before Malkin can get a shot off.

13:39- Crosby makes a beautiful steal in the offensive zone, but tries for the pass instead of shooting the puck. The Devils clear it.

15:16- That will do it for the Pens PP as Tootoo is released. Their top PP unit is missing both Letang and Kuni.

17:16- The Pens will get the first PP of the game as Tootoo goes off for interference.

20:00- It's Hockey Night in Pittsburgh! The Pens take on the New Jersey Devils at Consol! Puck drop and they are off! Lets Go Pens! 

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